Last November Channel 2 Action News ran a report showing the battered track field and bathrooms. The school, reportedly about 60 years old, was crumbling, students said.
“It hurts my heart to see our school deteriorating like this,” Rayven Chism, then a junior, said into the camera.
She recalled a visit from an ambassador, who came to the auditorium. The ceiling was leaking.
"That’s completely embarrassing,” the student said.
A district official told the TV station renovations were coming, but the report didn't say when.
As it happens, they were getting started about the same time Dee thought to ask me about the school.
The school district sent a project update Tuesday. The construction is budgeted up to $8,655,204 and expected to be done by September 2017.
The plans include:
- Resurfacing the track and tennis courts
- Repairs to the baseball and softball fields
- Repaving the parking lots
- Renovations to chemistry labs
- Updates to the media center
- New drinking fountains
- "Theatrical lighting" (presumably in the auditorium)
- Fresh carpet around the school
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